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Work under way on flats which will be 'catalyst' for regeneration

PUBLISHED: 14:23 14 July 2015

A bulldozer demolishes buildings at 535 Ilford High Road to make way for the new Carlton House development.

A bulldozer demolishes buildings at 535 Ilford High Road to make way for the new Carlton House development.

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Work on a block of 105 new flats has begun after a former bowling alley and laser tag centre were demolished.

The site at 535 High Road, Ilford – which had been home to the Carlton Function Suite, Laser Arena and Hotshots Bowling – was knocked down last month to make way for the “landmark” residential development Carlton House.

Developers the Carlton Group were given planning permission for the three-tier building in 2011, and it is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

Wanstead-based designers Paul Henry Architects said the mixed-use development would include a cultural and banqueting facility on the ground floor, with apartments above.

On the architects’ website it said: “The development will serve as a catalyst to the regeneration of the area and also be a positive contribution to the area.

“The scheme incorporates vertical wall planting system, green roofs, grey water recycling, high thermal insulation photovoltaic cells and solar panels.”

According to planning documents from 2010, the block will include seven social housing units, four intermediate housing and at least 10 per cent wheelchair accessible flats.

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